Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Monday, May 11, 2009

  Focus

The real world serves to distract. I just was immensely distracted by Hamming's speech on achieving greatness.

Money quote:
All the stuff I've worked on over the years - wireless - the web - embedded linux - handheld computers - cell phones - music creation technology - have become solved problems. Voip? Solved problem - although not solved how I would wish.

When I quit the computer field there wasn't anything left interesting to think about.

I am still trying to get into another field entirely, but over the past year...

The past year I've spent thinking about new problems... mostly related to parallelism. Moore's law has hit a wall. Serialised coding is dead, although there is plenty left to be done, and writing parallel code, and/or working with clusters of machines, is a achingly hard problem. I've explored languages - new (erlang) and old(LISP), English and Spanish, and the history of computation itself, looking for some avenue, some lever, to leverage the new methodology. Almost nothing but dead ends already plumbed by others... Almost.

I've gotten more abstract thought done on a surfboard in the past year than in the previous decade... I just wish I had some means to write those thoughts down while still drifting on the ocean - (waterproof recorder?) - because by the time I rattle home in the back of a mud covered jeep often only the outline of a glimmering insight remains.

I think I've absorbed enough mathematics and vector architecture specifics to improve performance on one problem I care about deeply by 20-200% on an x86_64 and several hundred % on a true vector architecture such as CUDA. I hope to have some tangible results soon. The karmic royalties on that ought to justify my continued existence for decades.

I shelved work on another project last year, due to lack of a solid cryptographic solution, that I might be able to resume after some more of my parallel explorations prove out. It's hard work... but I have to say my office environment is currently rather ideal.

In other news... (I haven't not been writing here for a reason, and the above and the below are it, I barely even read email anymore and don't even have a phone - and am on a seemingly endless diet of rice and beans and pollo... but although I scrape by with an ever diminishing bank account the seemingly endless free time to think about and focus on the big problems seems worth it)

I have been working on a new CD! Here is the current mix of the best song off of it: Backyard.

I'm playing bass on the whole record. I never would have imagined doing that before. I was always a piano player.

Be back in a month or two. Maybe.

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Comments:
i envy you....i'm not sure i agree that there is nothing interesting left in the computer field...but maybe that's because I'm not in the computer field. There is the semantic web...and wolfram alpha, whatever that turns out to be.

Surfing and doing music should be enough, maybe...or maybe you will do something else...never say die.

lots of hugs and love....

kitten
 
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